A shutdown called by BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to protest the killing of a teenager allegedly by a ruling party legislator’s son, hit normal life in Bihar’s Gaya even as the prime accused remained on the run.
Rocky Yadav, the son of legislative council member Manorama Devi of the ruling Janata Dal(United), allegedly shot dead Aditya Sachdeva, the teenaged son of a businessman, on Saturday night for overtaking his car on the Bodh Gaya-Gaya road.
His father, Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav also known as Bindi Yadav, a criminal-turned-politician, was with him in the car along with a bodyguard.
While Rocky has been absconding since the incident, his father and the bodyguard were arrested and produced in a local court on Monday, Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima Malik said.
The court sent him to a 14-day judicial remand.
“We are looking for the accused inside and outside the state,” Malik said.
‘Jungle Raj has returned’
Bandh supporters led by NDA leaders Prem Kumar and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and district Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leaders staged a massive rally and shouted logans against CM Nitish Kumar.
The Central Bihar Chamber of Commerce, members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and a large number of students from schools and colleges also joined the protest march.
“Law and order across the state has collapsed and the ruling party leaders are indulging in criminal activities. MLAs of the ruling party are committing crimes with impunity and the police instead of taking action, is trying to cover up the cases,” Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Prem Kumar told reporters.
Manjhi said that the killing of the student has once again proved that the ‘Jungle Raj 2’ is back in Bihar. Demanding the immediate arrest of the culprit, Manjhi said there must be a speedy trial to ensure punishment to the accused.
BJP workers asked shopkeepers to bring down shutters, burnt tyres, blocked roads and urged people to support the shutdown. However, train services remained unaffected and long distance buses continued their services.
Under attack from the opposition to act, Nitish Kumar said his government will not spare the guilty and law will take its course. He added a manhunt is on to nab the accused.
“Nobody can be allowed to take law in their hands. Strict action is being taken,” he said.
The CM said a departmental action has already been taken against the politician’s bodyguard and he has been suspended.
‘Cycle thief to multi-millionaire’
The story of the rise of Bindi Yadav, who has many criminal cases against him, is a typical rags-to-riches tale. He was once caught for stealing a bicycle and arrested after a huge cache of cartridges of AK 47 was recovered from him.
“There are 11 criminal cases lodged against Bindi in the Gaya’s Rampur police station area, where Aditya was killed. He was nabbed with around 5,000 cartridges in 2011. He has malls, hotels and around 15 petrol pumps in Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Delhi and surrounding areas. He is also into road and building construction as well as real estate,” a police official said.
Known for his enormous clout, Bindi was once associated with the erstwhile Janata Dal. He also contested from Gurua assembly constituency on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a constituent of Bihar’s ruling ‘grand alliance’ whose other two members are JD(U) and Congress, ticket during the 2010 assembly polls.
Bindi Yadav allegedly helped Rocky escape after the crime. Police said its preliminary investigation shows that Rocky got into a fit of rage after Aditya’s car allegedly did not let his Land Rover vehicle pass. The row resulted in the teenager being shot dead.
Police said the silver Land Rover, which is worth at least Rs 1.5 crore, has been recovered from Rocky’s parents’ house.
Superintendent of police Malik said the vehicle was bought recently and has a temporary Delhi registration number.
“It was brought to Gaya just a couple of days ago. There are just five such vehicles in Gaya,” she added.
The licenced pistol used by Rocky, a member of a rifle club in Delhi, is also expensive.
“It is .32 bore Italian-make pistol, costing around Rs 10 lakh. The licence for pistol has also been issued from Delhi,” a family member said.